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The Writer’s Almanac for April 16, 2015: Just Married

Apr. 16: birthday: Anatole France

It’s the birthday of novelist Anatole France (books by this author), born Jacques Anatole Thibault in Paris (1844). His father ran a bookstore called Librairie de France, so when Thibault started publishing, he signed his works “Anatole France” in tribute to his father’s store. He was one of France’s most popular novelists, and he won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1921. His novels include The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque (1892), and Penguin Island (1908).

France said, “The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.”